What’s the Difference Between Sedation and Anesthesia?

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For over a century, the use of anesthesia has helped propel dentistry forward by making extensive dental procedures tolerable. Though the idea is not new, the application and delivery of dental anesthesia has advanced greatly over the years, and the advent of dental sedation has gained a significant importance when dealing with patients who experience one or more forms of dental phobia.  With all the talk, however, some people may be unsure about the difference between dental sedation and anesthesia, or whether there even is a difference. To help clarify matters, we explore the two methods of making your dental procedure more relaxing and comfortable.

Sedation and Local/General Anesthesia

The goal of general anesthesia is typically to render a patient unconscious during treatment, like the general anesthesia used in hospitals for major surgical operations. Typically, general anesthesia is administered through a combination of intravenous (IV) medications and inhaled nitrous oxide gas. Local anesthesia works on the same principle, but in a condensed, localized manner. It is applied only to the area being worked on, such as the periodontal tissues around the site of implant placement or tooth extraction. Dental sedation, on the other hand, allows you to remain conscious while controlling your anxiety and helping you remain relaxed.

Comfortable Dental Care for All of Our Patients

Physical discomfort is not the only hurdle that dental sedation overcomes; many people forego necessary dental treatment out of fear of visiting the dentist—a common phobia whose impact is hard to gauge because people are often unwilling to speak about it. For patients who experience apprehension about dental treatment, but are uncomfortable being unconscious in the dentist’s chair, dental sedation can help them relax and stay calm for the duration of their treatment.

Is Dental Sedation Right for You?

To find out if sedation can help you, speak with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Don’t Let Fear Keep You Away

No one should let fear keep them away from the dentist. Healthy teeth are extremely important to your overall health. Without teeth, you can’t chew and eat healthy foods, which means lack of sustenance. Without teeth, it’s difficult to speak clearly and embarrassing to smile. Therefore, missing teeth decreases your self-confidence. Just a few missing teeth for some people can cause social anxiety. If you’re fearful of the dentist let Dr. Wright know, because dental sedation can make your visit easier. Don’t let fear keep you away.

Dental Sedation

At Just Wright Dental, it’s important to us that your visit and treatment are as relaxing and comfortable as possible. For patients who are especially fearful of dental treatment, we offer the choice of nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation during general and restorative treatment procedures. However, for dental implant placement which requires oral surgery, IV sedation is the better option.

What is IV Sedation?

Because IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation, a trained anesthesiologist will monitor you at all times. IV sedation is delivered intravenously directly into the bloodstream and the effects are immediate. Patients often report feeling as if they slept through the entire procedure and feel groggy and sleepy when the IV is withdrawn.  If you are scheduled for a procedure with IV sedation, you should arrange for a designated driver to drive you home.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.

We’re All About Your Comfort

Visiting the dentist can be nerve-wracking, whether it be for a cleaning, X-rays, a filling, or an implant. For those of you who are anxious about dental visits or suffer from dental phobia, don’t miss out on treatment! Here at Wright Implants we are all about your comfort. That’s why we offer three types of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

A safe and effective sedation technique, nitrous oxide does not involve taking a pill or getting an injection. A mixture of oxygen and a sedative agent, it is inhaled through a small face mask. Often referred to as “laughing gas,” it provides a euphoric feeling while keeping you calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide begin immediately upon breathing it in, and wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is usually taken in pill form, although it can also be administered as a liquid. It is usually taken about an hour before the procedure, but if you are particularly anxious, your doctor may recommend taking one the night before, as well. In most cases, depending on the dosage, patients will remain awake, but feel relaxed, calm, and groggy. You will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is the most potent form, and is delivered intravenously. Because of this, a trained anesthesiologist will constantly monitor your sedation levels and your vital signs. Dr. Wright will carefully review your dental and medical history, and any existing conditions, to make sure IV sedation is right for you.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.